November 28, 2022

CRANBERRY – Change your mentality. With the power play ranked 20th and a seven-game winless streak, even Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wants the Penguins power play with a few Hall of Famers to change his ways .

Or, as loyal ticket buyers might say, “Shooooot!!”

With the Penguins’ incredible shorthandedness hovering around 73%, the power play is both tasked with building momentum and balancing the special team’s deficit. Heading into the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, the Penguins’ power play is at 20%, 20th in the NHL. The penalty kill improved in the 26th.

The Penguins need to fix the PK, but a few more goals with the man advantage would heal the wound until they do.

Shooting the puck may seem fundamental to scoring goals. Still, the Penguins’ PP1 notoriously works the perimeter and engages in fluid movement, but often seems to believe that a better shot is a better pass. After a day off Monday between two days of practice, the Penguins had a few days to reflect and practice what Sullivan (and those in the rafters) want.

“It provides an opportunity to have practice like we did,” Sullivan said Sunday. “I feel like we’ve improved in some things. It gave us an opportunity to get some reps, trying to get our guys into the mindset of shooting the puck a bit more. on the power play.

It’s a bit wordy, but to simplify the quote: Shoot!

The Penguins are 27th in shots on net (curiously, they’re much more in shot attempts, which likely opens up another set of questions).

Until Saturday, Penguins power-play point guard Kris Letang had only one shot on goal on the power play. He recorded one more on Saturday, but that’s two shots in 11 games with the 5-4 advantage, according to NaturalStatTrick.com. The lack of shots also means Letang is credited with creating just one rebound.

That’s no way to score filthy goals in tough times.

Jason Zucker has been on PP1 and PP2 in his Penguins tenure. He went to the net and posted in the middle of the wall.

“Sometimes when you have a power play, you’re looking to make plays because the chances are there more than five-on-five,” Zucker explained. “Sometimes you try to do a little too much when in reality simplicity is the best solution. So we just have to go back to that. You know, it’s pretty cliché. Let’s get back to basics and shoot pucks, and get some rebounds.

“You always have that extra man, whether you shoot or not. So you will have a chance to get those rebounds and get some goals that way.

On the trip west, Rickard Rakell was point PP2. Jeff Petry moved up to the top unit without Letang, and Rakell took over second. It had immediate results, but a few bobbles, shorthanded chances and the return of Letang ended Rakell’s time at the top of the zone.

On Sunday and Tuesday, Sullivan knocked down the staff again. Instead of PO Joseph and Petry, Danton Heinen joined the point pairing with Petry.

Heinen seems to have a straightforward understanding of the situation. Don’t look for the winger, who re-signed for just $1 million after scoring 18 goals with the Penguins last season, to look too cute on PP2.

“(As a second unit) we have to keep it simple and try to get ready as fast as we can, but not pass up a shooting opportunity, try to get pucks on the net and keep it going,” Heinen said. PHN. “Because a lot of times (just getting 30 seconds) is just the nature of it. (PP1) deserves to take the brunt of the time. Our mindset has to be – try to be clean, set up the as quickly as possible, put the pucks on the net.

The new formula did a little better on Tuesday didn’t do as well on Sunday

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